Minimize artifacts in RNA expression and protein profiling

Microarray-based analysis of peripheral blood has become an important factor in life science and clinical studies. Nevertheless, application of gene expression and also protein profiling in the lab and in clinical settings requires careful consideration of the influence of sample handling and thereby the RNA and Protein quality expression profile outcome.

RNA and protein profile of cells are not stable after collection of the blood sample. They are subject to conditions like time, stimulation by temperature and centrifugation which are visible as artifacts in your analysis.

For whole blood analysis this subject has been solved with the use of PAXgene® (PreAnalytix) Tempus® Blood RNA (Applied Biosystems) and other. This helps for global analysis. But what do you do when looking at a specific population? Current cell separation methods can take up to two hours and need multiple centrifugation steps and temperature shifts.

With the pluriBead Kits you can isolate specific cell types directly from whole blood. You can work at room temperature (and even at 37°C) without centrifugation and stabilize the RNA and proteins in less than 10 minutes. This will minimize the artifacts in your analysis.

Scheme for pluriBead® cell isolation with subsequent RNA stabilisation

pluriBead rna protocol - mix sample and beads
Add pluriBead® to sample
pluriBead rna protocol - Incubation
Incubate 4 - 10 min (see below)
pluriBead rna protocol - Add sample on separation device
Add sample onto separation device
pluriBead rna protocol - Washing
Wash and discard funnel, wash pluriStrainer®
pluriBead rna protocol - Close luer lock and add lysis bufferClose Luer-Lock and add lysis buffer
pluriBead rna protocol - Transfer lysed cellsTransfer lysed cells onto fresh reaction tube


Comparison pluriSelect (PLS) cell isolation with column technology
Comparison pluriSelect (PLS) with column technology
Agilent(R) RNA integrity analysis
Agilent(R) RNA integrity analysis
Agilent(R) RNA integrity analysis
Flow cytometry analysis
Flow cytometry analysis

Yield & recommended incubation time

Primary cells
(1×107 cells)
total RNA (µg) mRNA (µg)   recommended pluriBeads 8ml whole blood incubation time  
platlets (CD9+) 0.025 -   1 ml M-pluriBead 4 min  
granulocyte (CD15+) 2 0.05   300µl M-pluriBead 4 min  
B cells (CD19+) 10 0.4   300µl S-pluriBead 10 min  
Monocytes (CD14+) 20 1.0   300µl S-pluriBead 7 min  
T cells (CD3+) 18 1.0   300µl S-pluriBead 7 min  
T helper cells (CD4+) 15 0.6   300µl S-pluriBead 7 min  
Cytotoxic T cells (CD8+) 17 0.8   300µl S-pluriBead 7 min  

Tested lysis buffers

We tested this protocol with following buffers: Trizol®, Qiagen RLT® buffer, Promega lysis buffer, Invitek cell lysis buffer, Ambion lysis buffer, PAXgene®, RNAlater®.

What is different to standard cell separation with pluriBead?

If you want to use your target cells for RNA expression analysis you don't need to detach them from the pluriBead particles. Simply add a suitable lysing buffer and follow the protocol for your downstream experiment.